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The Gems of Sojourn, in Bolpur.

Friends, if you’re thinking that I’m going to weave a story of reincarnation, by seeing the cover photo, I wanna assure you that no such atrocity is done by me! It’s only us,my family, standing at the ruins of Raipur Rajbari(palace) . It’s located few kilometers away from the town of Bolpur, Santiniketan, in West Bengal. As I have earlier promised to tell you  more about the places we visited during our sojourn in Kamarpara, a village near Bolpur. I can easily vouch for that the visit has replenished our aesthetic sense, which got severely depleted during the pandemic and made us gel with mother nature to a large extent. Beside royal ruins, we visited wood fossil park, stretches of sal forest, placid lakes, Biswabharoti (a university set up by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, though it was closed due to Corona scare). We summed up the visit by shopping in handicraft haat, set up in Sonajhuri forest,and a mesmerizing, soiree of Baul songs,organized exclusively for us by the native singers.

Ruins of Raipur Rajbari

Such grandeur ruins of the Raipur Rajbari, made me a little melancholic thinking, how such wealth and power could be so temporary. But the memory of good deeds remain, as the King of Raipur had donated land to the Tagore family to setup the university, from where it has gone on to become such world famous abode of knowledge and fine arts.

Sal forest

The wood fossil park, set up by Government of India, was no less amazing as it contained fossilized tree trunk, now turned into stones, dating millions of year ago. The  strange part is the fossils, dug up from the local river, Ajay, actually belonged to the evergreen forest of North East India. How come they find their way there, is quite a mistry hidden in the recesses of prehistoric world.

Wood fossil

The Sonajhuri ‘haat’ is another attraction for the local handicraft aficionados. The speciality of the haat is that it is set up in a forest dotted with Sonajhuri trees. It’s indeed a treasure of local handicrafts!
Friends, my tale would remain incomplete without telling you about the baul songs(folk songs of Birbhum) sung exclusively for us, by a local group of singers. It was so foot-tapping that non of our entourage remained immune to it and gave in to dancing along with their rhythm.

Baul singers
Holding an ektara

All the above experiences felt much more sweeter, as it came along the heels of Covid terror. I sincerely wish that Corona must leave us for good so that we can feel  normal again, and breathe freely without masks!
Wish you all to stay safe and healthy. Adieu for now.


Published by MousumiSays

An ardent crusader to make the world a better and safer place to live in. Likes to remind the mankind their basic instinct of resilience in the face of adversity.

3 thoughts on “The Gems of Sojourn, in Bolpur.

  1. It’s such a pleasure to read your blog on Bolpur Shantiniketan. One place which I call my home is the one about which now I have to read and view online. Your brought back good memories and made me nostalgic about home. Thanks for writing and visit Shantiniketan soon

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    1. I feel so glad that my blog has evoked such nostalgia in you. Bolpur is really a very beautiful place, and people there, are very friendly and welcoming. A lot of thanks to you for the appreciation.

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